The goal of Selah East Stables is to ensure children of all ages, as well as adults, receive an all-around equine education, including but not limited to: horseback riding in several different disciplines, trail riding, horse anatomy and general health knowledge, breed knowledge, etc. as well as knowledge of additional farm life, including the care of chickens and goats, and plant life, including gardening and green living skills. Selah East Stables will specialize in providing a safe and friendly learning environment for all who seek the companionship of horses. Specializing in several types of riding styles, Selah East caters to all ages, young and old, and all riding types, from the tiny tot or beginner, to the advanced show rider.
Along with lessons, Selah East will also give students the opportunity to show, in whatever discipline they choose. Whether your dream is to take weekly lessons, or show at the National Level, Selah East caters to everyone!
MEET SHEILA STEIS
Sheila Steis is the Founder, Director and Head Trainer of Selah East. Sheila has been deeply invested in the equestrian world since 1995 and has years of Youth, Amatuer and professional show experience world wide in show jumping, three day eventing, classical dressage and saddleseat/hunt seat. She has been mentored by icons in the industry including private instruction at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Sheila has additional and versed experience in Western Pleasure and Carriage/ Fine harness driving, and has also owned and operated the second largest breeding facility of Lipizzaners in North America from 2005-2009. She relocated to Florida for Junior Olympic training and to further her equestrian career while attending UCF. Sheila has additional and extensive experience with natural horsemanship (Parelli Method), extensive previous experience in ground and mounted equine therapy, is extremely versed in medical care of horses and was a Make A Wish partner and performer for Walt Disney World for several years Sheila is and always has been a major veteran and first responder advocate with future dreams of a Veteran program for both Veterans and also their families and dreams of combining that with her years of experience with mentally handicapped riding programs, and troubled youth riding programs. She is also co-founder of a non-profit aimed at helping underprivileged youth attend riding lessons and summer camps at Selah East, and other farms in the surrounding area (Winnie’s Heart of Gold). She is a current board member of UPHA FL and GA chapter, and the current Young Professional Representation for the UPHA and ASHA for Florida, in addition, a current professional member of USEF, USHJA, NSBA, AMHA, ASHA, AHHA.
MEET VALARIE SIEMER
At 11, Valarie started her career with horses at a hunter, jumper, and dressage facility. Then at 14, she was invited to ride at a private barn owned by Ann Buxton. It was with Ann that she developed her love of the Morgan breed and expanded her riding “seats” to include driving (both pleasure and carriage), western, saddle seat, obstacle trail and endurance/distance riding.
In 1999, she transitioned to a large riding facility called West Coast Morgans (WCM) and with the owners, Glenn and Anne Winograd, used all her knowledge and experience to continue in the show world. They developed a winning combination in all the disciplines they competed.
Valarie stepped out on her own in 2019, traveled to several barns and worked with clients individually. During this season of her career, she was introduced to Sheila Steis and in 2020 moved the bulk of her time to train at Selah East Stables.